Erving

Michaela Loynd of Erving. Recorder/Paul Franz

Pain, fear of marrow donation worth it

Thursday, February 26, 2015

ERVING — Michaela Loynd believes it is possible to change the world, and the Erving 20-year-old took a first step by giving her bone marrow to save a stranger last winter. This Valentine’s Day, she learned the name of the girl she saved. “We got all of your recipient’s information, her name is Wesley Thornberg, she’s 17 years old and she’s a senior, she is from North Carolina and she is doing amazing,” Loynd remembers the call from her correspondent at the Rhode Island Blood Center. When she got home no one was in to share the news, so she looked up Wesley Thornberg on … 0

Neighbors: Nominate the next Peacemaker Award recipients

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Hello neighbor. The Interfaith Council of Franklin County and Traprock Center for Peace and Justice are looking for nominations from throughout the county of teens who are contributing to peace and justice in the world. Having lived in the county almost all of my life, I know there are plenty of nominees out there, so if you know of a young person who … 0

Bernardston crash kills 24-year-old

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

BERNARDSTON — A single-car crash took the life of a 24-year-old local woman Wednesday. Malerie Kidder was pronounced dead at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, according to Mary Carey, spokeswoman for the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office. Kidder was driving her Mazda sedan north on South Street around 7 a.m. when she left her lane and struck a utility pole near the Depot Street intersection, … 0

Erving voters nix treasurer change

Monday, February 23, 2015

ERVING — The town’s treasurer will remain an elected position after residents at a special town meeting Monday night rejected a proposal to transfer selection to the Board of Selectmen 25-12. Selectman William Bembury said the treasurer, currently a three-year elected post open to any resident, is partially … 0

Local outdoors enthusiasts float Olympic idea

Friday, February 20, 2015

Will the whitewater slaloms of the 2024 Olympics take place on the Deerfield River? That’s the hope of local outdoor enthusiasts, and of Congressman Richard Neal, who is pushing for “regional equity” in Boston’s bid for the 2024 … 2

Erving special town meeting set for Monday at 7 p.m.

Friday, February 20, 2015

ERVING — An appointed rather than an elected treasure, Highway Department spending, accessibility and play area maintenance are on the agenda for a special town meeting Monday at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall. First on the agenda is a request from the selectmen to change the position … 0

Driver OK after Route 2 rollover

Friday, February 20, 2015

ERVING — The driver of a Jeep Grand Cherokee that veered off the road on Route 2 and rolled into a ditch Friday afternoon is expected to be OK, according to the Erving Fire Department. The crash occurred … 0

Gill-Montague Notebook

Monday, February 16, 2015

Gill-Montague Regional School Committee openings TURNERS FALLS — Three Gill-Montague Regional School Committee seats are up for election this spring, with nomination papers now available from the superintendent’s office at 35 Crocker Ave. Completed nomination papers are due in the superintendent’s office no later than 4 p.m. March … 0

Neighbors: Stay safe in frigid temperatures

Monday, February 16, 2015

Hello neighbor. Spring is just 31 days away, but it may not seem that close because we continue to battle bitter cold temperatures and all of this white stuff. Earlier this month we saw the Full Snow Moon, named because February is typically the month where we see … 0

Weekly meetings for Feb. 16-20

Friday, February 13, 2015

Ashfield Board of Assessors: Tuesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Assessors: Wednesday 8:30 a.m. in Town Hall. Technology Committee: Wednesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Selectboard/Finance Committee: Wednesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Planning Board: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Personnel Board: Thursday 7 p.m. … 0

Neighbors: Happy Valentine’s Day

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. Happy Valentine’s Day! Every year at this time we exchange cards, candy, gifts and flowers with our special valentine s. We start early — my 3-year-old grandson Justin brought an entire bag of valentines to preschool this week just as I did many years ago. I … 0

Tech School aims for flat budget, cuts anticipated

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Franklin County Technical School officials envisage a nearly flat budget for the coming school year with cuts to six positions to balance rising costs against what may be flat state aid revenue. The Technical School Committee approved a preliminary budget of $10,211,000 brought forward by … 0

Rep. Mark files ed. bill

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

GREENFIELD — State Rep. Paul Mark has filed a comprehensive higher education bill designed to tackle student debt, lower costs and increase funding to the state’s colleges and universities. With 34 sections addressing different aspects of higher education … 0